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34% of smokers believe cancer is down to fate

Nearly half of people in the most deprived areas of the UK believe that getting cancer is down to fate rather than lifestyle.

A survey by Cancer Research UK among 4,000 respondents found that over a quarter of the population as a whole believe that fate will determine whether or not they get cancer.

But when divided into different social strata, it reveals that a significantly higher percentage of those from deprived areas – 43 per cent – believe this compared with only 14 per cent from privileged backgrounds.

Thirty-four per cent of smokers and 36 per cent of people over 65 think that getting cancer is down to fate.

Virgin Money spokesman Scott Mowbray says: “It is clear there are still a frightening number of people burying their heads in the sand, not only about their chances of getting cancer but also the steps they can take to reduce their risk of getting the disease.”


L&G appoints head of EU equities

Legal & General Investment Management has appointed Ian King to the position of head of active European equities who will join at the end of January.King previously worked at American Express Asset Management International and was responsible for its European alternative investments from 2000 to 2005.King has also worked at Lehman Brothers Global Asset Management […]

NU’s SRI team measures impact of obesity on industries

Norwich Union’s socially-responsible investment team is assessing the risks and opportunities posed by the world’s obesity problem on the food production, retailing, healthcare and leisure sectors.The World Health Organisation says over one billion people are overweight while the UK’s health select committee estimates that problems caused by obesity cost the UK between 3.3bn and 3.7bn […]

Regulation with benefit of hindsight

As Simon Burgess suggests in Money Marketing last week, we, like many other firms, are looking forward as 2007 kicks off, not least with our new name of Harvest IFM. Regrettably, as usual, the FSA is not. Despite Mr Burgess’ praise for the FSA in bashing as many firms as possible for having missold PPI, […]


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